World China Calls Pope’s Comments on Uighurs ‘Totally Groundless’

11:50  24 november  2020
11:50  24 november  2020 Source:   bloomberg.com

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(Bloomberg) -- China said comments made by Pope Francis calling ethnic Muslim Uighurs “persecuted” were baseless, amid heightened international scrutiny over its treatment of minority groups.

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“Pope Francis’s remarks on Uighurs are totally groundless,” Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Zhao Lijian told a daily briefing in Beijing on Tuesday.

Pope Francis made the comments in a new book, “Let Us Dream: The Path to a Better Future,” Reuters reported. It marked the first time he has spoken out about the Uighurs after being urged for years by human rights watchers, Reuters said.

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China denies the allegations in the report, calling them "baseless". The state is already facing widespread criticism for holding Uighurs in detention camps. It is believed about one million Uighur people have been detained over the past few years in what what the Chinese state defines as

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Zhao maintained that China’s government “has been protecting the ethic minorities’ rights in accordance with law,” as Beijing faces criticism from the U.S. and other western nations over its crackdown on Uighurs in the far west region of Xinjiang.

The United Nations has assessed that anywhere from tens of thousands to “upwards of 1 million” Uighurs have been detained in so-called “re-education” camps. China says that it is fighting separatism and religious extremism among the minority group.

The Vatican last month renewed a controversial agreement with China on bishop appointments, brushing aside pressure from U.S. Secretary of State Michael Pompeo who said the deal endangered the Catholic Church’s “moral authority.”

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